As dialogue remains distant, fighting and airstrikes rage across Yemen

Mar 30, 2015

As dialogue remains distant, fighting and airstrikes rage across Yemen

Yemeni fighters loyal to Saudi-backed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in Aden, the absent leader’s last major foothold in the country. Hadi loyalists in the southern port city reported a gunbattle in the central Crater district in ...

Diplomats,  U.N. staffers flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden

Mar 29, 2015

Diplomats, U.N. staffers flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden

Saudi Arabia’s navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen on Saturday and the United Nations pulled out international staff after a third night of Saudi-led airstrikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters. Residents reported heavy clashes between the Houthis and mainly Sunni ...

Mar 28, 2015

Riyadh's Yemen gamble may define future regional role

Saudi Arabia’s campaign to stop the Houthis from ruling over Yemen could define its role in the Middle East for years and shape its regional struggle with the rebels’ ally Iran. Success will establish Riyadh as de facto leader of the region’s Sunni states ...

Elite Iranian guards training Yemen's Houthis -U.S. officials

Mar 28, 2015

Elite Iranian guards training Yemen's Houthis -U.S. officials

The United States is increasingly concerned about training by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards for the Houthi rebels in Yemen, where Shiite militias continue to make territorial gains despite airstrikes by neighboring Saudi Arabia. U.S. officials said Tehran’s direct involvement with the Houthis was limited ...

Mar 27, 2015

Gulf states ask U.N. Security Council for Yemen arms embargo

Saudi Arabia and its Persian Gulf allies presented powerful members of the U.N. Security Council with suggested elements for a resolution that would impose an arms embargo on the Shiite rebels who have thrown Yemen into turmoil and caused its Western-backed president to flee. ...

Saudi bombs prop up failing ally in Yemen after Shiite rebel gains

Mar 27, 2015

Saudi bombs prop up failing ally in Yemen after Shiite rebel gains

Saudi Arabia led airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen as it seeks to prop up an allied government facing the loss of its last remaining stronghold. The Saudis headed a coalition of 10 Sunni-ruled nations that carried out raids around Yemen’s capital Sanaa, which ...

Mar 27, 2015

Pakistan mulling Saudi request to send troops to Yemen

Pakistan said Thursday it is considering a request from Saudi Arabia to contribute troops to a Gulf-led operation against militants in Yemen who have seized large swaths of the country. A delegation of high-level Pakistani officials, including Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, is expected ...

As U.S. exits Yemen, foes square off amid Saudi-Iran rivalry

Mar 24, 2015

As U.S. exits Yemen, foes square off amid Saudi-Iran rivalry

Yemen’s top factions are squaring off for battle after months of skirmishes, turning respectively to neighboring Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran for help in what may become all-out war. With President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi seeking a comeback from the port city ...

Iran's 'empire' grows ahead of nuclear deal

| Mar 24, 2015

Iran's 'empire' grows ahead of nuclear deal

With Iran moving closer to a deal with world powers to constrain its nuclear program in return for an end to sanctions, Arab analysts and leaders are focused more on how Tehran is working unfettered to tighten its grip on Arab states, from Iraq ...